Mike Hammer
Created by Mickey Spillane (1918-2006)

"The monicker is Mike Hammer, kid. I'm a private eye."
--Please allow him to introduce himself, I, the Jury

"I don't want to arrest anyone. I just want to shoot somebody."
--
Mike Hammer in I, the Jury

"There's no such thing as innocence - innocence touched with guilt is as good a deal as you can get."
-- Mike Hammer in Kiss Me, Deadly.

Whatever else you may think about MIKE HAMMER, one word may well be appropriate: extreme. The Hammer books are not only extreme in their subject matter, but they also have a tendency to provoke an extreme reaction. The first - and best known - in the series, I, The Jury, quite literally takes no prisoners. Written in six days it is a pulp classic. Avenging a friend's death, Hammer makes his mark following a code of violence which allows nothing to stand in his way. The bloody ending leaves no room for anything much, let alone subtlety. Extreme indeed but there is no questioning the impact of the book or the fact that, in picking up where Race Williams left off, Hammer was in the classic P.I. mold.

The reaction from Spillane's peers was equally extreme. Few writers have been as disliked as much as Spillane. Anthony Boucher maintained that I, The Jury should be "required reading in a Gestapo training school". The books, however, sold in their millions (by the early 80's Spillane had sold nearly 150 million). But the genre continued to shun him. Although Hammer received a 'life long achievement' award from the Private Eye Writers of America, no similar honour was forthcoming from the Mystery Writers of America. Hated by the 'liberal' writing establishment - for some reason - Hammer very probably represented a rampant right wing and reactionary politics. This is entirely in keeping with his historical context - the expansionist and paranoiac 50's America - an age when America lost what little innocence it could pretend to have.

Call him sexist, perverse or psychotic, Mike Hammer wouldn't have even understood what you were talking about - and would definitely not have liked it even if he did. "...Kill 'em left and right, show 'em that we aren't so soft after all. Kill, kill, kill, kill" (One Lonely Night). Its interesting to note, for example, that the vogue for extreme violence - take any film from Dirty Harry to Natural Born Killers - is given huge support in opposing its censorship by the very people who would also condemn Hammer.

Hammer certainly took no prisoners. Within the first five books forty-eight people die violently - thirty-four of whom had Hammer to thank for their untimely demise. The books are littered with an almost casually extreme violence: a cigarette lighter flicked into an eye, clothes stripped of a woman who is a communist and who is then whipped. Whatever you thought about Hammer, he was not one to walk away from the fight. One Lonely Night for example sees Hammer take on a liberal judge who condemns his actions. Critics? Who needs them?

Whatever else you say or think, it's hard to ignore Mike Hammer.

Respectfully submitted by Peter Walker.


ANOTHER TAKE

Forget about comparisons to Chandler or Hammett. Mike Hammer's roots go directly to Race Williams, Carroll John Daly's seminal eye-for-an-eye shoot-first private detective. If, as has often been repeated, Nero Wolfe is the son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, then Hammer is the bastard son of Race and his nemisis, The Flame (A.K.A. "The Girl With The Criminal Mind") as suggested by Tony Sparafucile in the 1978 preface to a Race Williams reprint. Not for Hammer the chivalric romance of Philip Marlowe, or the cold, amoral, passionless vengeance of Sam Spade. Nope, the fuel that stokes Hammer's bloody fury is vengeance, and lots of it.

Clad in a trenchcoat, with his hat jammed down low on his forehead, his trusty .45 strapped on and loaded for bear, with his beloved secretary, Velda, holding the fort back at the office, Mike goes down the mean (and very viscious) streets of New York, shooting a few here, kicking a few groins there, the blood lust flowing in his veins as he makes the world safe for his particular brand of justice.

Hammer's "fever dream melodramas," as Max Allan Collins referred to them, must have struck a nerve with the public. His books were instant bestsellers. Indeed, Spillane has to be considered one of the bestselling authors of all time, and certainly the bestselling mystery author, with over 160 million (and by some accounts, over 200 million) books sold.

And in 1953, at the height of Hammer-mania, Hammer made it to the big screen in the Harry Essex-directed I, the Jury. Biff Elliot (who?) starred as Hammer, and managed to capture some of the brooding brutality of the character. It was originally offered in 3-D, no less, and while nobody will ever mistake it for The Maltese Falcon, it got the job done.

The same year -- it was a big one for Spillane and Hammer --That Hammer Guy made its radio debut. On air, Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled detective obviously couldn't engage in the violence and sexual escapades that excited the millions of readers of the paperback novels. In fact, Spillane didn't even write the radio scripts; Ed Adamson did, but Ed managed to convey the gritty realism of Hammer's world, within the confines of network broadcasting. The series debuted on January 6, 1953 and only ran until October 5, 1953. It was an excellent show of its type but since it arrived after television, it failed like many other fine radio shows.

Larry Haines made a perfect Mike Hammer, having previously been the lead on Treasury Agent as well as Manhunt. When he spotted "a sexy dame wrapped around a bar stool" or threatened a punk with "I'll wrap your head around this bed post", the listeners believed this guy was for real. Hammer's daily arena of crummy dives, back alleys, and bourbon soaked flop-houses was the stuff of this radio series. At least once in most episodes, "smoke swirled up from the nose of a gun."

Jan Miner provided the voice of most of the hip-swinging broads Hammer encountered. Richard Lewis was the director; he had also directed The Falcon and Murder and Mr. Malone. Even the sponsors for this Mutual Network series seemed to fit: Esquire Magazine ("...this month's issue has a revealing sexual expose: Call Girls and Fall Guys..."), Camel Cigarettes (every character smoked on this show) and Kix cereal ("Food For Action!"). A total of seventeen episodes have survived and are in trading currency today.

1953 also saw the appearance of a Mike Hammer comic strip, From the Files of...Mike Hammer, scripted by Spillane himself. Sorta appropriate, since originally, Hammer was intended to be a comic book eye (under the name Mike Danger) until the bottom fell out of the post-war comic market. The strip appeared in dailys, and a self-contained Sunday continuity, and Spillane claims to have written most of the strip himself. Alas, this was the 1950's, and what the public eagerly snapped up in paperbacks wasn't looked on with much favor on the comics page. The strip was cancelled, in a censorship battle, over excessive violence, but Spillane fans like Max Allan Collins have had some prtetty nice things to say about it.

In 1954, there was a first attempt to bring Hammer to television. The 1954 pilot starred Brian Keith as Hammer, and was written and directed by Blake Edwards. By most accounts, it was pretty good, but nobody bought it. But a few years later n 1958, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, starring Darrin McGavin, made its debut. The syndicated series ran for two years.

Spillane fell out of favor -- and certainly even further out of critical favor -- in the sixties. He still managed to sell an astounding number of books, of course, but Hammer's essential conservatism and taste for violence seemed out of place. In the more conservative eighties, however, Hammer came riding back, introduced to a whole new generation of fans when Warner Brothers released a new film version of I, The Jury, starring a smouldering, slightly psychotic Armand Assante as Hammer and, more significantly, CBS started airing Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, featuring Stacy Keach as Hammer.

Unfortunately, for many fans, Keach's Hammer was all wrong. The cheesy mustache, the anachronistic fedora and the glib attitude made it all seem like some rather smug period piece. Some decent scripts, by people like Joe Gores, and a lack of any real competition in the genre, though, were enough to keep the show going, through various permutations, for a few years. In fact, there was even a hiatus of sorts, when Keach was invited to stay at the crossbar hotel for a bit, due to the posession of a controlled substance or two. Even more interesting, impressionist Rich Little was called in to do Keach's voice-overs of a few shows left in the can.

A few of the shows were even nominated for Edgars. The eighties also saw the publication of One Lonely Knight, Max Allan Collins and James L. Traylor spirited critical defense of Spillane's much-maligned work. All the attention was enough to prompt Spillane to write a new Mike Hammer novel, The Killing Man (1989).

In 1993, John Lau was hired to script a made-for-television flick featuring Keach as an older Hammer, trying to adjust to life in retirement. But in thetheir infinite wisdom, CBS decided to create an all new, young Mike Hammer and stick him in the then hot location of the moment- Miami. "The anti-violence on tv movement was huge back then as it was an election year, and I was "advised" to tone things down," Lau relates, "so I made it funny and titled it "Deader Than Ever". It eventually aired as Come Die With Me, but it tanked in the ratings while Lau was writing the follow up.

And another new Hammer novel, Black Alley, popped up in 1996, just in time to coincide with a new syndicated television series that Jay Bernstein had managed to sell, with Keach returning as Hammer. The general consensus on Rara-Avis was that the series looked okay and the music was good; even the totally unnecessary new sidekick wasn't too bad, but the scripts weren't as strong as they could be.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Max Allan Collins and Lynn Myers for their help.


UNDER OATH

  • "Mickey Spillane is the last TRUE writer of 'pulp fiction'."
    -- Christopher Mills
    ..
  • "... Hammer brought the hard-boiled 'up' a notch with his personalist vengence message. Chandler spoke of a the PI as a man 'not himself mean'. Mike Hammer was mean."
    -- Tim Wohlforth on Rara-Avis, December 24, 2001

  • "I was fifteen when I picked up a paperback copy of I, the Jury. I'd had my introduction to private eye fiction the year before - Chandler's The Big Sleep. This was... different. While Chandler headed me in the direction of Hammett and Macdonald, Spillane opened up the
    world of Richard Prather and John D. MacDonald (Spillane's endorsement of
    The Executioners was plastered on the paperback cover), among other Gold Medal writers. Putting him on this list (The 14 Best Private Eye Novels of All Time) was easy."
    -- Dick Lochte

  • "It's easy prose to mock. The fact is, heartless youngsters such as myself probably read and saw Mickey Spillane parodies before reading the real thing. But he is a pro when it comes to pacing."
    -- Laura Lippman, The Baltimore Sun,1996

THE EVIDENCE

  • "I don't give a damn for a human life any more, even my own. Want to hear that philosophy? It's simple enough. Go after the big boys. Oh, don't arrest them, don't treat them to the dignity of the democratic process of courts and law... do the same thing to them that they'd do to you! Treat 'em to the unglorious taste of sudden death."
    -- One Lonely Night
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  • "I turned him around to face me, to let him look at what I was and see how I enjoyed his dying... I had his neck in my one hand and I leaned on the railing while I did it. I squeezed and squeezed and squeezed until my fingers were buried in the flesh of his throat and his hands clawed at my arm frantically, trying to tear me away.... I laughed a little bit."
    -- ibid.

  • "But someday, maybe, I'd stand on the steps of the Kremlin, with a gun in my fist and I'd yell at them to come out and if they wouldn't I'd go in and get them and when I had them lined up against the wall I'd start shooting until all I had left was a row of corpses."
    -- ibid.

  • "He took off like a herd of turtles and I was left alone..."
    -- Hammer scares off a college kid in I, the Jury. Could someone please tell me what the hell he means?

  • "The temperature was six below zero and it kept me from dying on the spot because the blood coagulated and clotted in ugly smears of cloth and skin and the pain hadn't started yet, so when the little fat guy who saw my eyes open and still bright pulled me away from the carnage he was almost in the shock I was going into. Nobody would listen to him. He was a drunk. I was nearly dead."
    -- Black Alley

NOVELS

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SHORT STORIES

  • "The Night I Died" (1953; originally an unproduced radio play, tidied up and presented as a short story by Max Allan Collins in 1998's Private Eyes, edited by Spillane and Collins)
  • "The Screen Test of Mike Hammer" (July 1955, Male; 1995, Hard-Boiled)
  • "The Killing Man" (December 1989, Playboy; a condensation of the novel)
  • "Grave Matter" (2010, Crimes By Moonlight; co-written by Max Allan Collins)...Buy this book...Kindle it!
  • "So Long, Chief" (February-May 2013, The Strand Magazine; co-written by Max Allan Collins).

COLLECTIONS

  • The Mike Hammer Collection Volume 1 (2001)...Buy this book
    Handsome new paperback omnibus collection of first three Mike Hammer novels, with a new introduction by Max Allan Collins..

  • The Mike Hammer Collection Volume 2 (2001)...Buy this book
    Second trade paperback omnibus collects "One Lonely Night," "The Big Kill" and "Kiss Me, Deadly", plus an introduction by Lawrence Block..

  • The Mike Hammer Collection Volume 3 (2010)...Buy this book
    Third big collection rounds up "The Girl Hunters," "The Snake" and "The Twisted Thing."

RADIO

  • THAT HAMMER GUY
    (AKA The Mickey Spillane Mysteries)
    (1953, Mutual)
    30-minute episodes
    First broadcast: January 6, 1953
    Last broadcast: October 5, 1953.
    Based on characters created by Mickey Spillane
    Written by Ed Adamson
    Directed by Richard Lewis
    Advisor: Mickey Spillane
    Starring Larry Haines as MIKE HAMMER
    (also Ted De Corsia).
    Also starring
    Jan Miner

COMIC STRIP

  • FROM THE FILES OF...MIKE HAMMER
    (1953-54, Phoenix Features Syndicate)
    Daily and Sunday strips
    Written by Mickey Spillane, Ed Robbins and Joe Gill
    Art by Ed Robbins

COMIC STRIP COLLECTIONS

  • Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: The Comic Strip, Volume 1: The Sudden Trap and Other Stories (1982)
  • Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: The Comic Strip, Volume 2
  • Mickey Spillane's From the Files of... Mike Hammer (2012) .. Buy this book
    Hammer returns to his roots in this handsome hardcover collection, the first to collect all the dailies and Sunday strips from 1953-54.

FILM

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  • I, THE JURY
    (1953, Parklane Productions)
    87 minutes
    Originally released in 3D
    Screenplay by Harry Essex
    Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane
    Directed by Harry Essex
    Starring Biff Elliot as MIKE HAMMER
    Also starring
    Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Elisha Cook Jr., John Qualen

  • KISS ME DEADLY...Buy the DVD...Buy it on Blu-Ray
    (1955, Parklane Productions)
    Screenplay by A.I. Bezzerides
    Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane
    Directed by Robert Aldrich
    Produced by Robert Aldrich
    Starring Ralph Meeker as MIKE HAMMER
    and Maxine Cooper as Velda
    Also starring
    Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Cloris Leachman, Gaby Rodgers, Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Jack Lambert

  • MY GUN IS QUICK
    (1957)
    88 minutes
    Written by Richard Collins and Richard Powell
    Screenplay by Richard Powell
    Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane
    Directed by George A. White and Phil Victor
    Starring Robert Bray as MIKE HAMMER
    Also starring
    Whitney Blake, Pamela Duncan, Donald Randolph

  • THE GIRL HUNTERS....Buy this video....Buy this DVD
    (1963, Fellane)
    103 minutes
    Black and white
    Written by Mickey Spillane, Roy Rowland and Robert Fellows
    Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane
    Directed by Roy Rowland
    Starring Mickey Spillane as MIKE HAMMER
    Also starring
    Lloyd Nolan, Shirley Eaton, Hy Gardner, Scott Peters

  • I, THE JURY....Buy this video
    (1982, Warner Brothers)
    111 minutes
    Written by Larry Cohen
    Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane
    Directed by Richard Heffron
    Starring Armand Assante as MIKE HAMMER
    Also starring
    Barbara Carrera, Alan King, Lauren Landon, Geoffrey Lewis, Paul Sorvino, Jessica Lange, Leigh Anne Harris, Lynette Harris

TELEVISION

  • MIKE HAMMER
    (1954)
    Unsuccessful pilot
    Based on characters created by Mickey Spillane
    Written and directed by Blake Edwards
    Starring Brian Keith as MIKE HAMMER
    Curious? You can actually watch this on Max Allan Collins'The Black Box: Shades of Neo-Noir DVD collection.
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  • MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER...Buy the DVD
    (1958-1960, US Syndicated series)
    78 episodes
    Based on characters created by Mickey Spillane
    Writers: Frank Kane, Bill S. Ballinger, Curt Cannon/Evan Hunter, Lawrence Kimble, Bill S. Ballinger, Richard Deming, Richard Ellington, James Gunn, Henry Kane, Stephen Marlowe, Robert Turner
    Directors: Boris Sagal, Richard Irving,
    Theme by Pet
    e Ru
    Starring Darrin McGavin as MIKE HAMMER
    Guest stars:
    Angie Dickinson, Ted Knight, Barbara Bain, Marion Ross, Dick Van Patten, Robert Vaughn, Mike Connors, Lorne Greene, DeForest Kelly
  • Season One
  • "The High Cost of Dying" (January 7, 1958)
  • "Just Around the Coroner" (January 14, 1958)
  • "Hot Hands, Cold Dice" (January 21, 1958)
  • "Death Gets a Diploma" (January 28, 1958)
  • "So That's Who It Was" (February 11, 1958)
  • "Dead Men Don't Dream" (February 18, 1958)
  • "Letter Edged in Blackmail" (February 25, 1958)
  • "Death Takes an Encore" (March 7, 1958)
  • "Lead Ache" (March 14, 1958)
  • "Overdose of Lead" (March 21, 1958)
  • "A Grave Undertaking" (March 28, 1958)
  • "A Shot in the Arm" (April 4, 1958)
  • "Stay Out of Town" (April 11, 1958)
  • "Beautiful, Blue and Deadly" (April 18, 1958)
  • "Skinned Deep" (April 25, 1958)
  • "Peace Bond" (May 2, 1958)
  • "Play Belles' Toll" (May 9, 1958)
  • "For Sale: Deathbed--Used" (May 16, 1958)
  • "Music to Die By" (May 23 1958)
  • "My Fair Deadly" (May 30, 1958)
  • "The New Look" (June 7, 1958)
  • "The Broken Frame" (June 14, 1958)
  • "Look at the Old Man Go" (June 21, 1958)
  • "The Paper Shroud" (June 28, 1958)
  • "My Son and Heir" (July 5, 1958)
  • "Final Curtain" (July 12, 1958)
  • "A Detective Tail" (July 19, 1958)
  • "It's an Art" (July 26, 1958)
  • "Four Blind Mice" (August 2, 1958)
  • "No Pockets in a Shroud" (August 9, 1958)
  • "The Living Dead" (August 16, 1958)
  • "Old Folks at Home Blues" (August 23, 1958)
  • "No Business Like-----" (August 30, 1958)
  • "Crepe for Suzette" (September 7, 1958)
  • "Letter of the Weak" (September 14, 1958)
  • "That Schoolgirl Complex" (September 21, 1958)
  • "To Bury a Friend" (September 28, 1958)
  • "Mere Maid" (October 5, 1958)
  • "Scar and Garter" (October 2, 1958)

  • Season Two
  • "Baubles, Bangles and Blood" (January 2, 1959)
  • "Accentuate the Negative" (January 9, 1959)
  • "Requiem for a Sucker" (January 16, 1959)
  • "According to Luke" (January 23, 1959)
  • "Jury of One" (January 30, 1959)
  • "Ain't Talkin'" (February 7, 1959)
  • "The Big Drop'" (February 14, 1959)
  • "Aces and Eights'" (February 21, 1959)
  • "Husbands are Bad Luck'" (February 28, 1959)
  • "Coney Island Baby" (March 6, 1959)
  • "Save Me in San Salvador" (March 20, 1959)
  • "Swing Low, Sweet Harriet" (April 23, 1959)
  • "Another Man's Poison" (April 23, 1959)
  • "The Last Aloha" (April 30, 1959)
  • "Shoot Before You Look" (May 1, 1959)
  • "Evidence on the Record" (May 8, 1959)
  • "The Commodore" (May 28, 1959)
  • "See No Evil" (June 4, 1959)
  • "Pen Pals" (July 7, 1959)
  • "Stocks and Blondes" (August 7, 1959)
  • "Bride and Doom" (October 3, 1959)
  • "A Haze on the Lake" (1959).
  • "When I Am Dead, My Darling" (1959).
  • "Curtains for an Angel" (1959)
  • "Dixie is Dead" (1959).
  • "M is for Mother" (1959).
  • "Now Die in It" (1959).
  • "Slay Upon Delivery" (1959).
  • "Groomed to Kill" (1959).
  • "Doll Trouble" (1959).
  • "I Remember Sally" (1959).
  • "Wedding Mourning" (1959).
  • "Merchant of Menace" (1959).
  • "Slab-Happy" (1959).
  • "A Mugging Evening" (1959).
  • "Siamese Twinge" (1959).
  • "Goodbye, Al" (1959)
  • MICKEY SPILLANE'S MARGIN FOR MURDER
    (1981, CBS)
    2-hour made-for-television movie/pilot (unsuccessful)
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Written by Calvin Clements, Jr.
    Story by Alex Lucas
    Directed by Daniel Haller
    Produced by Alex Lucas
    Starring Kevin Dobson as MIKE HAMMER
    with Cindy Pickett as Velda
    and Charles Hallahan as Pat Chambers
    Also starring John Alderman, Asher Brauner, John Considine, Donna Dixon,
    Floyd Levine, Ivan Saric, Renata Vanni
    Writer Calvin Clements, Jr. was nominated for a 1981 Edgar for this one.
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  • MICKEY SPILLANE'S MURDER ME, MURDER YOU....Buy this DVD
    (1983, CBS)
    2-hour made-for-television movie/pilot
    Premiere: April 9, 1983
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Written by Bill Stratton
    Directed by Gary Nelson
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with Tanya Roberts as Velda.
    Also starring Michelle Phillips

  • MICKEY SPILLANE'S MORE THAN MURDER....Buy this DVD
    (1984, CBS TVM)
    2-hour made-for-television movie/pilot
    Premiere: January 26, 1984
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Story by Bill Stratton
    Teleplay by Bill Stratton and Stephen Downing
    Directed by Gary Nelson
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with Lindsay Bloom as Velda
    and Don Stroud as Captain Pat Chambers
    Also starring Kent Williams, Tim McIntire, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Sam Groom, Richard Romanus, Denny Miller, Robyn Douglass, Danny Goldman, Gail Ramsey, Kevin King, Ingrid Anderson, John Hancock

  • MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER
    (1984-1985, CBS series)
    22 60-minute episodes
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Writers: Bill Froehlich, Mark Lisson, Frank Abatemarco, Joe Gores, Joe Gunn, B.W. Sandefur, Stephen Downing, Larry Gross, George Lee Marshall, B.W. Sanderfur, Joe Viola, Ed Scharlach, Stephen Kandel, Marvin Paul Kupfer, Paul Bernbaum, Jack B. Sowards, Chester Krumholz
    Directors: Leo Penn, Paul Krasny, Bernard Kowalski, James Frawley, Michael Preece, Arnold Laven, Sy Salkowitz, Russ Mayberry, Christian I. Nyby II, Sy Salkowitz, Ray Danton, Jon Anderson, Paul Stanley
    Executive Script Consultant: Ed Scharlach
    Executive Story Consultant: Stephen Kandel
    Creative Consultant: B.W. Sandefer
    Produced by Bob Singer, Daniel H. Blatt
    Co-Producer: Frank Abatemarco
    Executive Producer: Jay Bernstein
    Music by Earle Hagen
    Theme: "Harlem Nocturne" by Earle Hagen
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with
    Lindsay Bloom as Velda
    Don Stroud as Captain Pat Chambers
    Also starring
    Kent Williams, Danny Goldman, Lee Benton, Ben Powers, Eddie Barth, Eddie Egan , Donna Denton
    Guest Stars: Barbara Stock, Tracy Scoggins, Tom Hallick, Keye Luke, Michael Constantine, Robert Costanzo, Abe Vigoda, Delta Burke, Sharon Stone, Barbara Bain, Shannon Tweed, Jeff Conaway, Stepfanie Kramer, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Ray Liotta, Barbi Benton, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Ironside, Janine Turner, Dick Van Patten, Susan Strasberg, Henry Gibson, Shanna Reed, Susan Anton, Barbra Horan, George Murdock, Allan Miller, Stephen Elliott, Steven Keats, John Patterson
  • Season One
  • "24 Karat Dead" (January 28, 1984)
  • "Hot Ice" (February 4, 1984)
  • "Seven Dead Eyes" (February 11, 1984)
  • "Vickie's Song" (February 18, 1984)
  • "Shots in the Dark" (March 3, 1984)
  • "Dead on a Dime" (March 10, 1984)
  • "Sex Trap" (March 24, 1984)
  • "Negative Image" (March 31, 1984)
  • "The Perfect Twenty" (April 7, 1984)
  • "Satan, Cyanide, and Murde" (April 14, 1984)

  • Season Two
  • "Torch Song" (September 29, 1984)
  • "Too Young to Die" (October 6, 1984)
  • "Kill Devil" (October 13, 1984)
  • "Catfight" (October 20, 1984)
  • "Warpath" (October 27, 1984)
  • "Bonecrunch" (November 3, 1984)
  • "Dead Card Down" (November 10, 1984)
  • "The Deadly Prey" (November 10, 1984)
  • "A Death in the Family" (November 24, 1984)
  • "Cold Target" (December 1, 1984)
  • "A Bullet for Benny" (December 8, 1984)
  • "Dead Man's Run" (December 29, 1984)
  • "Firestorm" (January 5, 1985)
  • "Deadly Reunion" (January 12, 1985)
  • THE RETURN OF MICKEY SPILLANE'S MIKE HAMMER
    (1986, CBS)
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    Original airdate: April 18, 1986
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Story by Mark Edward Edens and Rudy Day
    Teleplay by James miller, Janis b. Hendler, Larry Brody
    Directed by Ray Danton
    Executive producer: Jay Bernstein
    Produced by Gray Fredrickson
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with Lindsay Bloom as Velda
    Don Stroud as Captain Pat Chambers
    Also starring Lauren Hutton, Bruce Boxleitner, Dabney Coleman, Dionne Warwick, John Karlen, Kent Williams, Stephen Macht, Vince Edwards -
    This made-for-TV flick marked the return of Hammer to the tube, after the demise of the weekly show the previous year, and the return of star Stacy Keach to american television after a stint in a British prison term for possession of narcotics.

  • THE NEW MIKE HAMMER
    A continuation of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, under a new title
    (1986-1987, CBS series)
    22 60-minute episodes
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Writers: Herman Miller, Fred Freiberger, Duke Sandefur, B. W. Sandefur, Arthur Ginsberg, Howard Berk, Ray Danton, Ed Scharlach, S. S. Schweitzer, Jay Bernstein, Howard Berk, Judy Burns, Nancy Ann Miller, James Schmerer, Don Balluck, Edward DiLorenzo, Paul Bentley Diamond, Stephen Lord, Gregory S. Dinallo, E. Nick Alexander
    Directors: Ray Danton, Bruce Kessler, Don Weis, Sig Neufeld, David Hemmings, John Herzfeld, Marc Daniels, Jon Andersen, David Jackson, Frank Beascoechea, Thomas J. Wright, Paul M. Lynch, Chuck Braverman, Stacy Keach, Ted Lange, Jay Bernstein
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with
    Lindsay Bloom as Velda
    Don Stroud as Captain Pat Chambers
    Guest stars:
    Luca Bercovici, Bill Macy, Barbara Bosson, Lyle Waggoner, Randi Brooks, Julianna McCarthy, Cornel Wilde, Robyn Douglass, Leslie Wing, Peter Iacangelo, John S. Ragin, Michael Delano, Ernie Hudson, Isabel Sanford, George Benson, Jack Carter, Arte Johnson, Jeff Conaway, Malgosia Keach, Bo Hopkins, Theodore Bikel, Foster Brooks, Bernie Kopell, Karen Valentine, Barbara Billingsley, Micky Dolenz, Claude Akins, Peter Scolari, Barbara Carrera, Dennis Cole, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Barbara Stock, Greg Evigan, Emma Samms
  • "Deirdre" (September 27, 1986)
  • "Dead Pigeon" (October 4, 1986)
  • "Golden Lady" (October 11, 1986)
  • "Mike's Baby" (October 18, 1986)
  • "To Kill a Friend" (November 5, 1986)
  • "Mistress for the Prosecution" (November 12, 1986)
  • "Harlem Nocturne" (November 26, 1986)
  • "Murder in the Cards" (December 3, 1986)
  • "Requiem for Billy" (December 10, 1986)
  • "Little Miss Murder" (January 7, 1987)
  • "To Kill John Doe" (January 21, 1987)
  • "Elegy for a Tramp" (January 28, 1987)
  • "Body Shot" (February 4, 1987)
  • "Who Killed Sister Lorna?" (February 11, 1987)
  • "Deadly Connection" (February 25, 1987)
  • "Green Blizzard" (March 4, 1987)
  • "The Last Laugh" (March 18, 1987)
  • "Lady Killer" (March 25, 1987)
  • "Mike Gets Married" (April 15, 1987)
  • "A Blinding Fear" (April 29, 1987)
  • "Green Lipstick" (May 6, 1987)
  • "A Face In The Night" (May 13, 1987)
  • "Pulses In A Ripple Tank (June 6, 1987)
  • MIKE HAMMER: MURDER TAKES ALL
    (1989,CBS)
    Original airdate: May 21, 1989
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Story by Mark Edward Edens and Rudy Day
    Teleplay by Mark Edward Edens
    Directed by John Nicolella
    Executive producer: Jay Bernstein
    Supervising producer: Peter Dunne
    Produced by Jeffrey Morton
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    Also starring Lynda Carter, Lindsay Bloom, Don Stroud, Jim Carrey, Stacy Galina
    Final episode of original CBS series(s), presented as a made-for-TV flick, featuring a pre-stardom Jim Carrey.

  • MIKE HAMMER: COME DIE WITH ME
    (1994, AKA "Deader Than Ever")
    Written by
    John Lau
    Starring
    Rob Estes as MIKE HAMMER
    and Pamela Anderson as Velda
    Also starring Randi Ingerman, James Hong, Geoff Meed, Chuck McCann and Dr. Joyce Brothers (as herself)

  • TITLE UNKNOWN-SECOND MIKE HAMMER TELEVISION MOVIE?
    Based upon
    charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Written by
    John Lau
    Starring
    Rob Estes as MIKE HAMMER
    and Pamela Anderson as Velda
    Possibly a second pilot for a potential series.
    .
  • MIKE HAMMER-PRIVATE EYE....Buy this DVD
    (1997-98, syndicated series)
    26 60-minute episodes
    Based upon charactors created by Mickey Spillane
    Writers: Jennifer Boller
    Directors: Rex Piano
    Executive Producer:
    Jay Bernstein
    Starring Stacy Keach as MIKE HAMMER
    with Shane Conrad as Nick Farrell
    Shannon Whirry as Velda
    Peter Jason as Capt. Skip Gleason
    Kent Williams as Deputy Mayor Barrington
    Malgosia Tomassi as Maya Ricci
    and Rebecca Chaney as The Face
    Guest stars:
    Dr. Joyce Brothers, Julian Stone , Leslie Horan, Edward Albert , Mark Arnott, Elizabeth Baldwin, Tracy Scoggins, Tamara Clatterbuck
  • "Prodigal Son" (September 28, 1997)
  • "Beat Street" (October 5, 1997)
  • "www.murder" (October 12, 1997)
  • "Hoop Nightmares" (October 19, 1997)
  • "False Truths" (October 26, 1997)
  • "Halloween" (Novemner 2, 1997)
  • "Body Odor" (November 9, 1997)
  • "Sins of the Father" (November 16, 1997)
  • "A Penny Saved" (November 23, 1997)
  • "The Life You Save" (January 18, 1998)
  • "The Long Road to Nowhere" (January 25, 1998)
  • "The Art of Murder" (February 1, 1998)
  • "Countdown to Murder" (February 8, 1998)
  • "The Cutting Edge" (February 15, 1998)
  • "Big Brother's Secret" (February 22, 1998)
  • "A Candidate for Murder" (March 1, 1998)
  • "Dump the Creep" (April 12, 1998)
  • "Chop Shop" (April 19, 1998)
  • "The Maya Connection" (April 26, 1998)
  • "Lucky in Love" (May 3, 1998)
  • "Songbird, Part 1" (May 10, 1998)
  • "Songbird, Part 2" (May 17, 1998)
  • "Gone Fishing" (May 24, 1998)
  • "Dead Men Talk" (May 31, 1998)
  • "A New Leaf, Part 1, June 7, 1998)
  • "A New Leaf, Part 2" (June 14, 1998)

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